David Moyes to replace Sir Alex Ferguson

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David Moyes is set to be appointed the new manager of Manchester United by the end of the week, Goal.com understands.

The Everton boss is expected to be announced, possibly even within the next 24 hours, as the successor to Sir Alex Ferguson, who revealed on Wednesday morning that he is stepping down at the end of the season.

Sources have told Goal.com that the United players learned at the club’s Carrington training ground today that Moyes is the man who has been lined up to take over from Sir Alex.

Everton have said that they have not been approached by the new Premier League champions but it is understood that Moyes has agreed a deal to take over at Old Trafford.

The 50-year-old Scot will have to resign from his post at Goodison Park to move to United but he is out of contract at the end of the season and the process is set to be a swift and amicable one.

Moyes is a long-time friend of Ferguson and the pair are set to enjoy a close relationship next season, given that Sir Alex is moving upstairs to join United’s board of directors.

It is believed that Moyes has been cherry-picked by Ferguson ahead of a number of Continental managers with proven European credentials.

Moyes has established Everton as a top-six club during his 11-year reign on Merseyside despite having a budget that is dwarfed by his immediate top-table rivals.

He has not won a trophy since moving to Goodison Park in March 2002 but United are putting greater store in his Premier League experience, motivational qualities, coaching nous and ability to get the most out of his players.

More to follow…

Read the Goal.com article by Wayne Veysey

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